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Rubber Ducks And Cheap Watches: Photos From New York's Junk Economy

Every day, small shop owners from Africa and Latin America fly into New York with wads of cash and empty suitcases. As Robert Smith reports today, their destination is zip code 10001 in Manhattan, home to a cluster of wholesale stores selling a quirky mix of decently made goods at cheap prices.

These stores are no frills and specialize in everything from rubber ducks to skin-lightening cream and hair extensions. Almost all of it is imported from Asia. We walked around to find out what people are buying in bulk and where they're taking it back to.

Hat 2
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Store: Sun Ben Trading, 1225 Broadway
Price: $54/dozen
Export Destinations: Columbia, Puerto Rico, Africa, Jamaica


Rubber Duck 2
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Store: New York Mac Sun Corp., 114 West 27th St.
Price: $9/ half dozen
Export Destination: Caribbean


Hair 2
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Store: Manhattan Hair, 17 West 29th St.
Price: $138/dozen
Export Destinations: Senegal, France


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Store: Dynex Watch, 1200 Broadway Front 1
Price: $120/dozen
Export Destination: Dominican Republic


Perfume 2
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Store: Manhattan Worldwide Inc., 1200 Broadway
Price: $60/dozen
Export Destinations: Colombia, Mexico, Honduras


Bag 2
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Store: Jing's Fashion Inc., 142 West 29th St.
Price:
$144/dozen
Export Destination:
Mexico


Earrings 2
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Store: Hwa Mei Trading Inc., 1205 Broadway #3
Price:
$6/dozen
Export Destination:
Nigeria

For More: Listen to "Why New York Is A Hub In The Global Trinket Trade."

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